Your January Health, Love, and Success Horoscope: What Every Sign Needs to Know
Here's what the planets have to say about every facet of your life in the month ahead.
Welcome to January—the kickoff of not only a new calendar year but a decade—replete with opportunity and hope. The wintry month might be known for pursuing resolutions related to getting more organized, fit, and focused, but it's also a reflective and social time that often turns our focus to humanitarian causes and collaborating with your community. (Consider how Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national day of service or how the Women's March is held annually in mid-January.)
January's tone mirrors its two primary astrological themes: Until January 20, the sun travels through hard-working, tradition-loving, goal-oriented Capricorn, encouraging family togetherness, revering tradition, and putting your nose to the grindstone to get what you want. Then, through the end of the month and until February 18, the sun moves through progressive, quirky, free-spirited Aquarius, urging you to strike out on your own, stand up for the greater good, and lend extra energy to platonic bonds.
Capricorn and Aquarius seasons—the first, fueling assiduous, diligent work, and the second, supporting innovative, altruistic approaches—combine to make January a powerful time for moving the ball forward on your boldest goals and building fulfilling connections. The earth-to-air energy can be used to amplify industriousness and rebel against stale, social norms that might be overdue for an update. (Dry January, anyone?) In other words, it's the perfect time to zero in on and create major changes you want to see in your life and the world.
But Cap SZN and Aquarius SZN are far from the only headline-making astrological events this January. It's a pretty jam-packed month, as far as planetary highlights go:
January 3: Mars, the planet of energy, action, and sex, shifts from fixed water sign Scorpio into mutable fire sign Sagittarius, where it remains until February 16. This transit turns up the volume on your most playful, outgoing, adventurous, and hottest desires. (Check out these adventure travel apps to bolster your bucket list!)
January 10: Talk about a major day in terms of astrological ongoings. The sun pairs up with Mercury in Capricorn, elevating your ability to say what you mean, while a full moon and lunar eclipse occurs in Cancer, surfacing issues related to emotional security, and Uranus ends its retrograde in Taurus, making it possible for internal growth to drive external change.
January 12: During another stacked day in the sky, Mercury pairs up with Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, and Saturn pairs up with Pluto, too. The way we communicate, work, and transform ourselves through both is the theme of the day. The meet-up between taskmaster Saturn and transformational Pluto is especially influential, as they haven't met at the same exact point in nearly 38 years. By pairing up, they'll urge you to clean up any relationships or situations that are holding you back from achieving your greatest personal power. (Need a boost as you power up? Queue up these playlists.)
January 13: Venus, the planet of love and beauty, exits platonic relationship-oriented, fixed air sign Aquarius and enters romantic, mutable water sign Pisces, where it remains until February 7. Our relationships will get a blast of whimsical, dreamy, imaginative energy.
January 16: Mercury, the planet of communication, moves through Aquarius until February 3, underscoring the importance of group activities and platonic connections. (Related: What Is Mercury Retrograde, Anyway?)
January 20: The sun takes its annual trip through convention-loathing air sign Aquarius, nudging you to embrace your inner freak and rebel, until February 18.
January 24: A new moon in Aquarius faces off against game-changer Uranus, currently in fellow fixed (aka hardheaded) sign Taurus. Your desire to evolve squares off against your desire to be comfortable and in control.
January 27: Venus and Neptune (which has the effect of clouding rational thought) meet in Pisces, making this a time for either taking your spiritual bond with a lover or friend to the next level or for being completely swept away by emotion and a desire for escapism.
Want to know more about how January's planetary vibes will affect your health and wellness, relationships, and career? Read on for your sign's January horoscope. (Pro tip: Be sure to read your rising sign/ascendant, aka your social personality, if you know that, too!)
Aries (March 21–April 19)
Health: While beauty-loving Venus moves through your twelfth house of spirituality from January 13 to February 7, you might want to take a less aggressive, gentler approach than usual to your fitness efforts. It's out of character for you, for sure, but you might be surprised by how much you love a reiki training or yin yoga class that fuels your soul even more than a drippy, heart-thumping sweat sesh. (Related: The Best Workout for Your Zodiac Sign)
Relationships: Around January 10, the full moon and lunar eclipse light up your fourth house of home life, making you hyper-aware of a lack of security or comfort you might be feeling lately. You'll want to assert your needs to a significant other or potential partner, but if a lack of stability is glaring, it might be time to break away from a headache-inducing situation that's no longer serving you.
Career: Go-getter Mars, your ruling planet, is moving through your ninth house of higher learning and adventure from January 3 to February 16. As a result, you'll feel restless and eager to broaden your horizons in a way that can help you advance your career. Planning work-related travel or taking a course that allows you to hone your skillset could set you up for recognition.
Taurus (April 20–May 20)
Health: Around January 10, when the lunar eclipse and full moon lights up your third house of communication, don't be surprised if it's extra challenging to stick to your usual workout routine, thanks to unexpected to-dos or nonstop chatter from friends and colleagues. In fact, you could be so taxed by all this other activity that you're risking burnout. Giving yourself a break mentally and doing your best to avoid thinking in black-and-white terms can keep you on track. (Here's how to practice mindfulness meditation anywhere.)
Relationships: While action-oriented Mars moves through your eighth house of sexual intimacy from January 3 to February 16, your sex drive, or general desire to connect with someone special, is bound to be magnified. Speak up about what you want while recognizing that your current relationship or a potential connection requires equal commitment and reciprocity to be truly fulfilling.
Career: Around January 24, the new moon in your tenth house of career squares off against game-changer Uranus in your sign, nudging you to forge ahead into uncharted territory, despite an underlying wish to cling to comfortable routines. Do your best to get clear on your ultimate professional goal, then trust your intuition to guide your next steps.
Gemini (May 21–June 20)
Health: You'll want to sharpen skills related to your wellness routine around January 24 when the new moon is in your ninth house of higher learning. Because it pairs up with communicator Mercury there, you'll feel even more confident initiating dialogues with trusted experts or coaches in the field. The whole experience can have you feeling more knowledgable and stronger.
Relationships: Thanks to go-getter Mars moving through your seventh house of partnership from January 3 to February 16, you'll have more energy for ongoing projects with your S.O. (like redecorating your apartment, pitching a joint business plan, or couples' therapy). If you're single, this transit makes you even livelier than usual when meeting a potential match. Basically, your willingness to meet in the middle and see the other side of a range of issues can make any one-on-one collaborations next-level. (Bonus: 5 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Sex and Dating, According to a Relationships Therapist)
Career: With tax season here—not to mention a full moon and lunar eclipse falling in your second house of income—you'll want to get clear and organized on your financial goals around January 10. You might be particularly focused on tackling power struggles and cutting out any other potentially toxic distractions to being on your A-game. The more you can identify what drives you and keeps you feeling centered internally, the better your external results.
Cancer (June 21–July 22)
Health: While go-getter Mars moves through your sixth house of wellness from January 3 to February 16, you'll be fired up to step up the intensity of your routine. This could mean going for a morning run and then hitting up a dance class in the evening or adding a new circuit or equipment into your typical lifting plan. Either way, you'll be in a powerful position to make real progress on health goals. Do your best to take it day-to-day. (See: The Mental and Physical Benefits of Trying a New Workout)
Relationships: Around January 24, when the new moon is in your eighth house of sexual intimacy, your intuition will be even more acute than usual, helping you get a sharper read on your significant other or a potential match's desires. Talking about shared needs can make your connection feel even more intense and solid—now and moving forward.
Career: Your co-workers and higher-ups will be drawn to your extra passionate, creative self-expression while social Venus moves through your ninth house of adventure from January 13 to February 7. Having deep, philosophical, mind-expanding conversations with colleagues could set you up to take the lead on an exciting project, possibly even involving travel.
Leo (July 23–August 22)
Health: Around January 10, when the full moon and lunar eclipse is in your twelfth house of spirituality, you might feel an almost desperate need to take a time-out from your usual, high-energy workout plan to rest and reflect. Even the most basic self-care activities, like bailing on that party so you can get more sleep or making sure you're hydrating enough throughout the day, can keep you feeling balanced emotionally and physically. (See: How to Make Time for Self-Care)
Relationships: You'll be feeling super playful and loving while action-oriented Mars is in your fifth house of romance from January 3 to February 16. Prioritizing self-expressive, fun activities with your partner (if you're attached) or friends (if you're single) can have you glowing from the inside out, which makes you positively magnetic. Get it.
Career: You'll want to start taking concrete action to set up professional changes after January 10, thanks to game-changer Uranus ending its five-month retrograde and moving forward in your tenth house of career. Whether you're applying for a new, more senior-level position, taking on more responsibility, or leading a major presentation, stepping into the spotlight can be a significant and gratifying part of this shift.
Virgo (August 23–September 22)
Health: While communicator Mercury moves through your sixth house of wellness from January 16 to February 3, you'll be able to get an even better grip on the details of that clean-eating meal service, holistic hormone-balancing protocol, or HIIT workout you've been wanting to try. Ask all your most burning questions, and you'll get the answers you deserve and that can inform an empowered, informed plan.
Relationships: Thanks to romantic Venus moving through your seventh house of partnership from January 13 to February 7, you might be tempted to skip group get-togethers and prioritize one-on-one time with your S.O. or someone with whom you've been hoping to ignite a connection. Now is a productive time for experimenting with give and take—and relating to someone you adore while staying grounded in your emotions and needs.
Career: You'll crave recognition from your colleagues or friends around January 10 when the lunar eclipse and full moon lights up your eleventh house of networking. You want to feel like your hard work is not only making a difference but being seen by others. This desire is not just valid; it's crucial to express versus repress and allow to fester and manifest into more dramatic displays of aggravation down the road.
Libra (September 23–October 22)
Health: As a social butterfly and air sign, you typically prefer group workouts, but you'll do well to find even more opportunities to blend your socializing with your fitness plans while social Venus moves through your sixth house of wellness from January 13 to February 7. Connecting with friends on your ClassPass app or sharing personal training sessions with your BFF can have you feeling committed and clear.
Relationships: You'll be feeling more creative and flirtatious while communicator Mercury moves through your fifth house of romance from January 16 to February 3. This could lead to witty, heartfelt, playfully sexy date night banter or texting (or sexting!) marathons. Fusing wit and romance to forge an electric mental connection with your S.O. or a potential match goes far to bolster chemistry.
Career: Around January 10, when the full moon and lunar eclipse falls in your tenth house of career, you might be facing an emotional crossroads in your professional path. You may feel that a goal you've been working toward no longer resonates, know it's time to part ways with a problematic client, or feel like you need to hit pause while you do more research on a massive business proposal—regardless, don't hesitate to take a stand. Sure, it might feel daunting in the short-run but could save you from strife in the long-run.
Scorpio (October 23–November 21)
Health: Around January 10, when the full moon and lunar eclipse fall in your ninth house of higher learning, you might be frustrated if it feels like you've been sticking to your workouts or healthy eating habits for so long that you're beyond bored. It feels like time to shake up your approach and to lean into bold experimentation. As long as you feel like a new class or meal planning app will open your eyes and offer you knowledge, you'll be right on track.
Relationships: You can look forward to being perceived as more magnetic and charming than usual while relationship-oriented Venus is in your fifth house of romance from January 13 to February 7. In turn, if there's a romantic and/or sexual fantasy you've been wanting to make a reality, get clear on exactly what you want, believe you can make it happen, and then use the power of visualization to set the stage for wild and wonderful manifestation.
Career: Very little can deter you from making progress on a moneymaking project while go-getter Mars moves through your second house of income from January 3 to February 16. You have the focus and determination, not to mention amplified energy, to passionately pitch your ideas and tenaciously pursue career advancement. Just make sure you're invested as much or more in the work itself versus the paycheck, as that's what will deliver legit satisfaction.
Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)
Health: Thanks to action-oriented Mars' trip through your sign from January 3 to February 16, you'll have a blast of energy to apply to just about anything you want to get ahead on. Not only will you want to pounce on those fitness-related resolutions, but you want and be able to make an impression on those around you, from friends to your favorite spin instructor. In an attempt to make your mark, it can be all too easy to take on more than you can realistically handle, so try to seek results and balance.
Relationships: Transformation, directly related to your closest relationships, is inevitable around January 10 when the full moon and lunar eclipse falls in your eighth house of sexual intimacy. You'll be reflecting on the behaviors and connections that make you feel comfortable, while tuning into your S.O. or a potential partner's needs. Willingness to see others for who they are, as opposed to what you're projecting onto them, can strengthen your bond—and your self-awareness.
Career: You might be overwhelmed by the amount of work and responsibility on your plate on January 12 when taskmaster Saturn and transformative Pluto pair up in your second house of income. This stressful moment might serve to highlight a moneymaking approach that's no longer a fit. Allow yourself to at least entertain the idea of taking a leap of faith and breaking free, as it could be your first step toward a more lucrative and emotionally satisfying path.
Capricorn (December 22–January 19)
Health: You might be more inclined to work out on your own, spend solo time revising your game plan for tackling an ongoing health concern, or amp up your mental health efforts (like therapy or breathing exercises) while action-oriented Mars is in your twelfth house of spirituality from January 3 to February 16. This quiet, behind-the-scenes work isn't necessarily glamorous or exciting, but it can feel grounding and as though it will ultimately help fuel your most ambitious wellness aspirations.
Relationships: You can't shy away from facing a daunting, deep-rooted issue with your current or a previous S.O. around January 10, when the lunar eclipse and full moon fall in your seventh house of partnership. The good news is that this challenge can only strengthen an already healthy relationship. Plus, it'll make you feel stronger emotionally and in greater control of what you want and where you're headed in love and life.
Career: You can gain a great deal of clarity about your financial present and future, as long as you're willing to take a microscope to all the details around January 24, when the new moon falls in your second house of income. Setting realistic intentions, based on addressing any chronic imbalances and weak spots, sets you up for more security and peace of mind.
Aquarius (January 20–February 18)
Health: You might be feeling emotional when reflecting on your fitness journey around January 10 when the full moon and lunar eclipse occur in your sixth house of wellness. If it feels like you're stuck somehow and are grasping for inspiration, it can be easy to fall down a spiral of negative thinking. But if you're able to take action—even just one small step toward changing your circumstances—you'll begin to feel more optimistic and determined to break out of that rut.
Relationships: Around January 24, when the new moon is in your sign, you'll be zeroed in on reimagining your self-image and mastering how you present yourself to the world. Although this moment is more about your bond with yourself more than anyone else, it also lends itself to envisioning your ideal relationship (whether that's an evolution of your current one or a new connection). You have the power to set game-changing intentions now.
Career: You'll be blurring lines between your social and professional lives while social Venus moves through your second house of income from January 13 to February 7. Pair up with a friend on a business endeavor or invite friends to pitch in on a project outside of work. This could lead to new opportunities for earning while bolstering your platonic and professional networks. Win-win!
Pisces (February 19–March 20)
Health: You want to look and feel your best even more than usual while social, beauty-loving Venus moves through your sign from January 13 to February 7. Your best bet: doing whatever feels good and is innately healthy, like eating nourishing, whole, clean foods that boost your inner glow, swimming laps, journaling by your favorite lake, or doing a few sun salutations upon waking. Whether you're remembering or just now learning them, the habits that feed your soul and makes your heart happy will naturally serve you physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Relationships: Around January 10, when the lunar eclipse and full moon fall in your fifth house of romance, you might feel consumed by frustration and gloominess if it feels like you've been backburner-ing pleasure and fun to do the necessary, regular work of being a responsible adult. Finding ways to take breaks and be playful with loved ones (like going out on a last-minute date or having a snowball fight in the park with friends) keeps your spirit lifted and rejuvenates your closest relationships.
Career: You'll be eager to jump on ambitious projects, propose aggressive approaches to hitting company goals, or organize your colleagues to fight a challenge in your industry while go-getter Mars moves through your tenth house of career from January 3 to February 16. The impetus for any of these bold moves: You're craving time in the limelight and acknowledgment from your professional community. Own it, and you'll quickly be seen as a force.